Contact: Victoria Winkelman or Kami Duncan
SMU Meadows School of the Arts
(214) 768-3785 or (214) 768-2788

October 30, 2002


DALLAS (SMU) -- The Division of Dance at Southern Methodist University's Meadows School of the Arts will present its "2002 Fall Dance Concert," Nov. 13-17 in the Bob Hope Theatre of the Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on the SMU campus. Performance times are 8 p.m. Wed.-Sat. and 2 p.m. Sun. Tickets are $12 for adults, $9 for seniors, and $6 for students and SMU faculty and staff. Parking is available at Hillcrest and Binkley or in the parking garage under the Meadows Museum. For more information, call the Meadows Ticket Office at 214-768-2787.

The program features four diverse and challenging works encompassing ballet, contemporary and modern dance. The concert opens with The Lark Ascending, one of the most enduring and poetic works by Alvin Ailey, set to a romantic score by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Following the Ailey piece is The Beloved by Lester Horton, a dramatic duet based on a stirring tale of love, betrayal and death. Horton is regarded as one of the founders of American modern dance, and The Beloved exemplifies his exceptional ability to combine dance and drama into a total theatrical experience.

The concert also features the Pas de Cinq from the 1890 classical ballet The Sleeping Beauty by Russian choreographer Marius Petipa. Petipa, who was ballet master and chief choreographer for the Imperial Ballet in St. Petersburg, collaborated with Tchaikovsky to create a ballet that would evoke the majesty and elegance of the French court of Louis XIV. This version was re-envisioned by Rudolph Nureyev for the National Ballet of Canada. It includes charming variations created for the roles of the fairies, and each is regarded as a miniature jewel of choreographic design.

The concert concludes with the contemporary jazz piece Bodyography, a new work created expressly for the Division of Dance by SMU artist-in-residence Max Stone. Stone, who began his professional career on Broadway in Neil Simon's They're Playing Our Song, has taught throughout Europe and Japan and, for the past 10 years, in New York. He has earned both international and critical acclaim as a contemporary jazz dance artist and teacher.

The 2002-2003 Main Stage Theatre and Dance Season at SMU's Meadows School of the Arts is sponsored by The Dallas Morning News.